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  Ford Laser - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Ford Laser is, in fact, a restyled version of the 323 produced by Mazda in Japan since 1980.
Ford New Zealand continued to assemble the Laser locally until 1997, and the range included the old station wagon model, discontinued in other markets in 1989, until it was replaced by the Escort.
The Ford Laser was also assembled and sold in some countries in Latin America such as Colombia and Venezuela, and sold in right hand drive markets in the Caribbean such as Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ford_Laser   (640 words)

 The Herald : Motoring : fbant.htm
FORD worldwide celebrates its centenary this year — and the first vehicle to carry the flag locally is one of the lightweights of the company’s huge model line-up, the uniquely South African Bantam half-ton (or strictly speaking 635kg) bakkie.
Ford sales and marketing director Nigel Harris was a bit reluctant at the launch this month to give details of how much the development costs were, but when asked if it was more than the R19-million the original costs totalled, he said the latest version cost about five times that.
Ford says that the Bantam is just the first wave of its exciting plans for “powerful products to recreate a powerful” Ford Motor Company in SA to mark its international centenary year and 80th year since it first set up its business in South Africa.
www.theherald.co.za /motor/2003/02/fbant.htm   (638 words)

In the new Ford Bantam, Ford is able to offer a level of safety that will delight new Ford Bantam drivers and establishes Bantam as a benchmark in light commercial vehicle safety.
To adapt to its load, the Bantam is fitted with an up-rated beam rear axle, which incorporates revised leaf springs and gas shock absorbers.
Bantam's safety-conscious design complements driveability and stability and its solid structure enhances the Bantam's on-road abilities as well as its capacity to offer a safe and secure environment to its passengers.
media.ford.com /print_doc.cfm?article_id=18323   (701 words)

 Motoring - Ford Bantam 1.6-litre XLE
Ford had to consider a new Bantam range after Opel introduced a more modern competitor - and to be honest, the old model was getting a bit long in the tooth!
Not only is a bakkie such as the Bantam practical and of use for businesses, but it is a good choice for a family as a second vehicle.
The Bantam range is available with three locally developed engines, a 1.3 and 1.6-litre petrol as well as a 1.8-litre diesel.
www.landbou.com /Wheels24/RoadTests/0,,1369-1373_1387691,00.html   (800 words)

 M38A1.COM - Military Jeep History...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Ford's overall layout was highly praised and became the pattern for the later Willys MB.
A direct descendent of the Pygmy, the Ford GP was an undated model produced under an initial contract for 1,500 vehicles from Ford, Willys and Bantam.
Bantam ceased motor vehicle production after the last was built in December of 1941 and carried on building trailers, torpedo motors and landing gear.
www.m38a1.com /Resources/history.htm   (1799 words)

 motoring.iafrica.com | new models A reborn legend
Ford’s long awaited new arrival, the reincarnation of the acclaimed Bantam, is to be launched to the press over the next two days.
The half-tonne Bantam has long been a friend to small South African businesses and indeed has complimented many larger fleets with its rugged versatility and ability to adapt to the changing requirements of a demanding society.
Not content with a simple facelift, Bantam forms part of an exciting new line-up of cars and utility vehicles scheduled to be released by Ford throughout the year.
motoring.iafrica.com /newmodels/209039.htm   (477 words)

 MWEB Motoring
Ford has taken the highly successful concept of the previous Bantam — always considered to be a reliable and sturdy workhorse — and adapted it to the requirements of a dynamic and demanding society.
According to Ford, the Bantam sports a class leading suspension with gas shock absorbers all round, a longer wheelbase and increased ride height.
In design and development, Ford engineers ensured that chassis rigidity complements road handling and overall drivability and that the body is able to withstand and absorb impact energy and carry a half-ton load without flexing or weakening.
new.mweb.co.za /tiscali/motoring/motoring_story.jsp?content=102923   (466 words)

 Bantam Reconnaissance Car
One theory is that Bantam was looking for more manufacturing capacity at about the time that it was being shafted by the military with all the major contracts to build Jeeps going to Willys Overland and to Ford.
The Ford courtesy model (the Pygmy), almost indistinguishable from the second generation Bantam on the exterior was delivered Nov' 23, 1940 and began it's test series.
Ford and Bantam commenced production of their Jeeps in March of 1941 (although there is some evidence of Fords being around as early as February?).
www.csse.monash.edu.au /~lloyd/4/Bantam/Jeep   (1345 words)

 Military Jeep History: Bantam to MB
Bantam did not give up and they sent a letter to the Secretary of War and recognition was then given to them.
In the meantime, Bantam had gone ahead with the laying out of the jeep in accordance with the rough sketch and general specifications arrived at between its engineers and the Ordnance Subcommittee at their June 19 conference.
Ford was not interested in building the jeep at the time, but it kept an eye on the situation.
www.m38a1.ca /history.html   (2756 words)

 My Ford Dreams   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
I'm a big fan of Ford and have had many over the years, this is my opinion on what Ford should do to improve their product mix.
On AutoBlog, I read that Ford is working on it's third generation Hybrid transaxle, the first being for the Escape and sourced from Aisin, a Japanese firm, the second also outsourced is for the new Fusion/Milan/Zephyr, but the third is for the 500/Freestyle platform and an in house product.
The new Ford Mondeo from Europe, formerly sold here as the Contour/Mystique is a much improved car with sharp styling and very flexible powertrain options.
www.myforddreams.blogspot.com   (3904 words)

 : : : CARtoday.com/New Car Gallery : : :
Although the official press launch was in February, the new Bantam was first seen by the public at the Auto Africa show in Johannesburg in late October and it has been on sale for several months.
Nigel Harris, Ford SA sales and marketing director, said sales figures were 650-700 a month and Ford aimed to lift capacity to 1 000 a month.
Petrol versions include the 1,3i, which is fitted with a radio/tape as a standard; 1,3i XL with radio/CD and air conditioner; 1,6i with a radio/tape; XLT with radio/CD and air conditioner; and the XLE with radio/CD, air conditioner and airbags (driver and passenger).
www.cartoday.com /content/new_car/gallery/gallery1.asp?id=106   (601 words)

 Ford GPA amphibious jeep story   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Having commissioned Willys, Ford and Bantam to build the 4500 jeeps (1500 each) in March 1941, the Motor Transport Board set up a project under the direction of the National Defense Research Committee (NDRC) to be designated ‘QMC-4 1/4 ton amphibian’.
Eager to have an amphibious version for the landings later that year, Generals responsible for the decision to proceed with an order were guided more by the concept rather than the need for the same extensive trials that the jeep had been through.
The Ford GPA Amphibian or Seep (Sea Jeep) based on the GPW chassis was born.
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/jeep_man/GPA.htm   (463 words)

 Ford Motor Company - Featured Story - Ford Bantam is Leading the South African Market
The success of the Bantam can be attributed to many factors, such as a well-executed launch, being made locally and designed for the South African environment and features that none of its competition offers.
Felice said Ford is in the midst of developing a strategy to fuel that growth during the next two to three years.
Whether it’s the outstanding success of the Bantam in South Africa, the SUV leadership in Australia or expansions in China, Felice said the Ford Asia Pacific and Africa region is about to become an even more exciting place to be.
media.ford.com /newsroom/feature_display.cfm?release=19302   (627 words)

 First Russian Jeep GAZR-1 is a Bantam copy
All Bantam enthusiasts are familiar with the story of how the entrepreneurial drive of Roy Evans and the lobbying efforts of Harry Payne finally got the Army off it's duff and put in a n actual requisition for a small reconnaissance car.
Unlike Ford and Willys however, the Russian engineers did not have access to the actual Bantam or Probst's drawings from which to make their version.
Bantam was still the undisputed champion of strong, light construction.
wmspear.com /Bantam/gazr1.html   (920 words)

 WWII Russian GAZ Jeep page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Their first model was the GAZ 61, designed to fill the same needs as the Bantam BRC40 jeep built in Butler, PA by the Americans.
The next model, the GAZ 64, was directly inspired by the American Bantam BRC-40, Ford GP, and Willys MA prototypes.
A comparative evaluation between the Willys MB, Ford GPW and GAZ 64 took place at Kubinka proving ground between May and June of 1943.
members.aol.com /brimiljeep/WebPages/GAZWWIIJeepPage.html   (443 words)

 IOL: Ford Bantam is aimed at weekend warriors
The new Bantam is the first major upgrade for Ford's popular half-tonner since the advent nearly two decades ago of the original Mazda-based Bantam.
Ford's workpony (it's too little and cute to be a horse) has disc brakes in front and drums on the dead rear axle with a load-apportioning valve to prevent rear-wheel lockup when the load bay is empty.
The Bantam isn't fitted with ABS and the brakes are very sharp; an injudicious jab at the pedal will usually provoke a chirp of protest from the 175/65 radials.
www.int.iol.co.za /index.php?click_id=132&art_id=iol1058716938534B535&set_id=4   (1936 words)

 WillysOnline.com - Willys Overland, Willys Knight, Willys Jeeps Trucks and Wagons
The bid was not attainable because Bantam had zero engineers-zero-and had zero-to-negative funding.
Bantam also had only a skeleton production, staff and a president who hadn't made money for the company in four years of effort.
So Bantam went away with an award for 70 pilot models, deliveries to start in 49 days, plus 14 days the Army would take to prepare the purchase orders.
www.willysonline.com /JeepSaga1.asp   (2131 words)

 Archive Willys Overland and Ford Jeep Serial Number Page
The GP was Ford's Jeep prototype that went up against the Willys MA and the Bantam BRC40 to try to win the contract with the U.S. Government for the best designed jeep.
Ford numbered their jeeps based on the serial number of the engine that was installed in them.
The middle of the 3 plates on the glove box (or dashboard on the early slat grill MB's, since Slatgrills didn't have glove boxes) in front of the passenger is the plate with the serial number on it.
members.aol.com /brimiljeep/WebPages/ArchiveJeepSerialNumberPage.html   (3798 words)

 Motoring - Ford's Bantam bakkie just got a lot cockier
Ford says: "We redesigned the half-ton pick-up to create one that can carry more and has more style; that is safer and more rewarding to drive.
Ford claims a class-leading suspension system in the new bakkies that uses gas-assisted shock absorbers on its longer wheelbase.
The cabin is all new, with modern instrumentation and trays and cupholders behind and between the seats, and Ford claims the Bantam has best-in-class leg, shoulder and headroom.
www.motoring.co.za /index.php?fSectionId=818&fArticleId=231569   (914 words)

 A Lesson in Jeep History
A direct decendent of the Pygmy, the Ford GP was an updated model produced under an initial contract for 1,500 vehicles each from Ford, Willys and Bantam.
Of the three early Jeep models, the Ford has the most remaining specimens; about 200 are known to remain, including Steve Greenberg's restored '41.
The basic drivetrain was still the Warner Gear and Spicer components of the Quad, Ford and Bantam.
www.fourwheeler.com /thehistoryof/129_9709_jeepposter   (866 words)

 World War II Jeeps
Ford, American Bantam and Willys-Overland answered the call.
Willy's Overland and Fords entrys did not meet the Army's specs.
American Bantam had a very limited production capacity so the army took Bantams entry and gave it to Willy's and Ford to produce.
oldcarandtruckpictures.com /Jeeps/WorldWarIIJeeps.html   (682 words)

 The FReeper Foxhole Studies The Military Jeep - October 17th, 2003   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Bantam's only chance to meet this deadline was to bring in outside help.
The name is generally accepted to have come from the Ford name for its general purpose vehicle, of GP for short.
Bantam felt that since they invented the first jeep prototype that they should have the trademark.
www.freerepublic.com /focus/f-vetscor/1002844/posts   (7688 words)

 Ford Bantam -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Ford Bantam -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article
The Ford Bantam is a utility vehicle sold by the (additional info and facts about Ford Motor Company) Ford Motor Company in (A republic at the southernmost part of Africa; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1910; first European settlers were Dutch (known as Boers)) South Africa.
The original Ford Bantam was based on the (additional info and facts about Ford Escort) Ford Escort, before being replaced by a version of the (additional info and facts about Mazda) Mazda-based (additional info and facts about Ford Laser) Ford Laser.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/f/fo/ford_bantam.htm   (97 words)

 Brians Military Jeeps of WWII - World War Two Willys MB Ford GPW Jeep WW2 Homepage 2 004 -
Find information and pictures on the history of the jeep, restoration, on prototype MA, GP, Bantam 4x4 Army Jeeps, the amphibious GPA, on MBT Trailers mfg.
Bantam was the first inventor and builder of the jeep in 1940.
It is Bantam, not Bantem, Bantum, or even Batman.
members.aol.com /brimiljeep/WebPages/wwwDriveToWWII.html   (764 words)

 Ford Bantam - TheBestLinks.com - Brazil, Ford Motor Company, Mazda, South African English, ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
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 NFSCars Forums - Ford Bantam Bakkie for NFS4HS
Ford Bantam, Mazda Rustler, Opel Corsa or VW, do appear to be rare in the NFS Community, thus the reason I've decided to make this.
I am planning on taking the relevant front, side and back pics of the actual car but if my shaping is accurate enough, pics of the actual body may not be neccessary - I'll just see as I go along.
PS: I've made some very notable progress with the Ford Bantam and will properbly show these off early in 2004.
www.nfscars.net /forum/showthread.php?t=7146   (1948 words)

 Jeep History
Bantams were produced, the QMC changed the weight to what the Bantam
The Infantry representative object[ed] to the purchase from Ford and
Bantam was the victim of intense politics and the desire of the upper
mightymo.org /jeep_history.htm   (2684 words)

 FordForums - View Single Post - US:Ford Bantam is Leading the South African Market
You only have to look at the Ford Bantam to see just how true that statement is.
But Felice said the Bantam is only one part of the Ford Asia Pacific and Africa story.
Those sales figures reflect the extremely aggressive growth plans for Ford Asia Pacific and Africa.
www.fordforums.com /showpost.php?s=11f7000ef27f9844bb469ee587ba58d3&p=984103&postcount=1   (641 words)

 Ford ranchero, 1974 ford ranchero, 72 ford ranchero   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Ford ranchero, 1974 ford ranchero, 72 ford ranchero
The Ford Ranchero was a car/pickup truck combination vehicle produced between 1957 and 1979 by the Ford Motor Company for the North American market.
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